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Medical News & Perspectives
June 2, 1999

Billions in Compensation for Toxic Oil Poisoning Victims

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JAMA. 1999;281(21):1975-1976. doi:10.1001/jama.281.21.1975-JMN0602-2-1

Barcelona—Spain's Cabinet of Ministers, chaired by Francisco Alvarez-Cascos, first vice president, recently approved a royal bill to immediately start payment to each of some 17,500 victims of toxic oil syndrome who applied for compensation. The disaster, which affected more than 20,000 people beginning in the spring of 1981 (not all applied for payment), was caused when rapeseed oil denatured with aniline, probably intended for industrial use, was sold illegally as cooking oil.

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